A pair of tweets by Glen Schofield, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, suggests that development on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 2 is likely well underway.
Last year’s entry in the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, marked the first game in the series developed by Sledgehammer Games. The game proved to be successful, earning critical acclaim and also dominating sales charts as the best-selling game of 2014. Considering how well the game performed, many fans have already assumed that a sequel is on the way, but now the first evidence of Advanced Warfare 2 has cropped up.
The evidence comes courtesy of Glen Schofield, co-founder of Sledgehammer, via a pair of tweets he sent out last night. In the tweets, he confirmed that Sledgehammer is designing a new game, but stopped short of actually naming the game in question as the sequel to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
He said that Sledgehammer “listened”, suggesting that fan feedback is being taken into account with the development of their next game, which seems to support the idea that Advanced Warfare 2 is in fact the game in question. See Schofield’s tweet in question right here:
Can't talk about the game but we listened and I am so f*%#=ing stoked about this one.— Glen Schofield (@GlenSchofield) November 23, 2015
Schofield’s implication that Sledgehammer is incorporating fan feedback into their next game is interesting, and could mean any number of things. The use of the exo suit traversal system in AW added a unique twist to the core Call of Duty gameplay, as we noted in our Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review, so that will likely be further refined in the sequel.
One thing we could see changing is relegating the Exo Zombies mode to the post-launch DLC effort. This was a controversial decision when it was first announced last year, as Zombies is consistently one of the more popular game modes in the franchise, and forcing players to purchase DLC to experience it upset some fans. If Advanced Warfare 2 has Exo Zombies at all, expect at least one map to be a part of the on-disc experience, with additional maps added as DLC.
It would definitely make sense for Sledgehammer to be developing Advanced Warfare 2. After all, the first game was a success – still popping up on monthly sales charts – and the story was left with some loose ends. It seems unlikely that the Advanced Warfare story would be left unfinished, so there will probably be at least one more game in the AW series, if not two more, considering the franchise’s penchant for trilogies.
In any case, Sledgehammer’s next Call of Duty title is not due for release until 2017, as Infinity Ward is up to the bat next. While we won’t likely see or hear anything concrete on Advanced Warfare 2 (or whatever Sledgehammer is working on) for quite some time, it’s reassuring to know that development has begun, and that the developers are enthusiastic about the game.
While we await news on the next game from Sledgehammer, their freshman title, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is currently available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7